5 Startling Reasons That Could Be The Cause Of Your Constipation
Constipation can be a most unpleasant and persistent condition for many people. One-off bouts of constipation may be easily attributed to a change in diet or added stress from work, however there may be times when it is recurring more frequently for no apparent reason and this can be discerning, annoying and unhealthy. Whilst there are some well-known causes of constipation, which in the main can be resolved, or at least managed, including a low fibre diet, consistently ignoring the urge to use the toilet, not drinking enough water or a lack of exercise, there are also many other causes which you may not be aware of. Here are 5 that we discovered which surprised us! (And if you know of more reasons that you would like to share, please let us know your thoughts)
Some studies (but not all) have suggested that there might be a higher risk of constipation for people who are chronic users of pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen.
Boo hoo! There is unfortunately some evidence that chocolate can cause constipation, though other studies show that chocolate may actually help some people, so all is not lost! In one study, people with chronic constipation or irritable bowel syndrome were more likely than people without those problems to attribute chocolate to the cause of their constipation, as did bananas and black tea. It just goes to show that it isn’t always ‘bad foods’ that could be the culprit! Why not try eliminating or cutting back on chocolate if you think it could be causing your constipation?
Other foods that can often result in digestive issues are foods high in fat and low in fibre such as cheese, eggs and meat. They can all slow down your digestion. So again, why not try the obvious solution and cut down on your intake of such foods, and increase your fibre intake?
Antihistamines used to treat allergy symptoms can be a problem too.
Antacids are great for fighting heartburn, but some can cause constipation, particularly those containing calcium or aluminum. Rather than have to combat a created problem, you could try reducing your risk of heartburn by not overfilling at meals. And consuming fewer fatty foods and more fibre may help prevent both problems. We love supporting our customers with natural ways of preventing common conditions and constipation is one such ailment that Aloe Vera may help ease. The Aloe Vera plant has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine to relieve bowel irregularity, irritability and insomnia.
Aloe Vera helps to maintain a healthy digestive function (if symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional); follow the link to view our Aloe Vera capsules multiple pack savings
We are not healthcare or medical professionals and the information contained here is not to be taken as medical advice. It is recommended that you consult you healthcare professional prior to taking any supplements and always read the label, use only as directed, and if symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.